[Thesis]. Manchester, UK: The University of Manchester; 2018.
The research project Â´This is my Face: Audio-visual practice as collaborative sense-making
among men living with HIV in ChileÂ´ is an interdisciplinary project that explores
Â´collaborative mise en-scÃ¨neÂ´ as a method to further understand the sense-making
processes around the biographical disruption caused by HIV. It combines Anthropology
and Arts methods as part of the PhD in Anthropology, Media and Performance, a practice-based
program that fosters interdisciplinary approaches to the production of original knowledge,
based on self-reflexive and critical research practices (The University of Manchester,
Relying on the specific competences of photography and film and the co-creation of
an ethnographic context based in hermeneutic reflexivity, the collaborators on the
project created and explored representations of critical life events, in order to
make sense of the disruption HIV brought to their lives.
The collaborators were highly stigmatised individuals living with HIV, which hindered
their possibilities for sharing narratives and for reflection, and as such, made it
more difficult for them to come to terms with a diagnosis they described as a Â´fractureÂ´
in their lives. This project analyses the creative process of Â´collaborative mise-en-scÃ¨neÂ´
as a way to provide further opportunities for reflexivity and sense making, a method
that departs from their everyday face-to-face encounters as means of understanding
what they are going through.
Representations of life events emerged from our practice, as well as evocations, which
provided a means by which to understand their experiences with HIV, and opened up
ways to resignify their past experiences and projections of the future. Photography
and film offered their specific expressive competences to the project, but also gave
the possibility of making visible the collaboratorsÂ´ experiences in order to promote
a dialogue with others, moving beyond our creative encounters. Therefore, their evocations
became Â´statementsÂ´ of what it means to live with HIV in Chile, and at the same
time, by taking part in its creation, it provided access to the particularities of
the sense-making process in which those images were embedded.
This collaborative creative process opened up ways to highlight the relevance for
sense-making in face-to-face encounters, demonstrating that hermeneutic reflexivity
as a practice-based form of mutual questioning can promote a critical engagement with
life trajectories and with others beyond our practice.
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Film "This is my face" (availble online on vimeo link. Included in the thesis)
Photo-book "This is my Face"